Early Childhood Generalist Endorsement (Grades 4-5)

About the Program

The Early Childhood Generalist (Grades 4-5) Endorsement Preparation program is a 14-credit hour program for teachers holding a CURRENT Ohio Early Childhood P-3 Teaching License.

The Endorsement coursework is offered during the summer semester only. All courses are fully online from May 19-August 17, 2022. Current Kent State undergraduate ECED majors in the ECED professional sequence may complete the Generalist (Grades 4-5) Endorsement after having successfully completed Block IV.

The endorsement coursework can be taken at the Post-Undergraduate level (40000-level) or at the Graduate level (50000-level).

Upon completion of the Early Childhood Generalist (Grades 4-5) Endorsement coursework, candidates must complete and pass the following Ohio Assessments for Educators: Elementary Education Subtest I (Test code 018) and Elementary Education Subtest II (Test code 019). For more information and registration for the tests, please see the Ohio Assessments for Educators webpage.

To add the endorsement to the teaching license upon completion of the program coursework and licensure assessments, candidates must complete our Pre-Application process for licensure on the Student Portal, which once complete, will link to the online licensure application on the Ohio Department of Education website. The Pre-Application MUST be completed for processing and review of the licensure application.

2021-2022 (includes Summer 2022) Tuition Rates:
Please note: There is no flat rate for summer. Students pay the per credit hour rate for each credit hour registered.
      UG Tuition Rate (OH Resident) - $465/cr hr*
      GRAD Tuition Rate (OH Resident) - $536/cr hr*
*excludes any additional fees such as the online fee assessment

The Endorsement courses/workshops, if taken at the graduate level (50000-level), may be used toward the completion of a master's degree (there is a six year time-frame in which to do so) in:

  • Early Childhood Education (no concentration)
  • Curriculum and Instruction/Curriculum and Teaching
  • Curriculum and Instruction/Middle Childhood

In most cases all 14 credit hours would count if you apply for both the Graduate Non-Degree Licensure Preparation Program and the Master's degree program at the same time: two separate applications and application fees, but you can share admission documents.

For further information on the ECED Generalist (Grades 4-5) Endorsement Preparation program, please contact:
Erin Harwood, Graduate Senior Advisor/Licensure Specialist
eharwood@kent.edu or 330-672-0583


Endorsement Schedule, Summer 2022

MCED 40045/50045: Teaching Mathematics in the Intermediate Years - Grades 4-5  (3 hours)

Summer Intercession (May 19-June 8)

MCED 46645/56645: Critical Inquiry and Integration Content I - Science/Social Studies Grade 4  (3 hours)

Summer I (June 9-July 13)

HDFS 41093/51093: WKSP: Understanding “Tweens”: No Longer Children, Not Yet Teens (1 hour)

Dates TBD

CI 40093/50093: WKSP: Halfway Up the Stairs: Early Middle Level Education & Effective Teaching and Learning in Grades 4 -5 (1 hour)

Dates TBD

CI 47504/57504: Reading and Writing in Middle Childhood  (3 hours)

Summer II (June 9 - August 3)

MCED 47745/57745: Critical Inquiry and Integration Content II - Science and Social Studies Grade 5  (3 hours)

Summer III (July 14 - August 17)


Admission Requirements and Process

Attention: Spring 2022 Block IV Students!

For those Kent State ECED majors completing Block IV in Spring 2022 and completing Block V in Fall 2022, there is no admission process, but you need to follow these steps:

  1. Email Katie Kozak (kkozak2@kent.edu), Licensure Specialist in the Vacca Office of Student Services for notification of interest. She will confirm current registration in Block IV.
  2. Register through FlashLine for the 40000-level Generalist (Grades 4-5) Endorsement courses when Summer 2022 registration begins. This does not require any application nor any change in admission status. You can just register for the classes through FlashLine using the CRN# for the 40000-level offerings.

Admission Requirements

for those with a current ECED P-3 State of Ohio teaching license, or Spring 2022 Block V students up for May 2022 graduation:

  • Bachelor's degree (or up for graduation in May 2022)
  • Official transcript(s) - Kent State transcripts not required
  • Minimum 3.000 cumulative (total undergraduate) GPA
  • Goal Statement (one-page statement, double-spaced, explaining why you are pursuing this program)
  • Two letters of recommendation (examples: faculty member, supervisor)
  • Evidence of valid Early Childhood P-3 teaching license from the State of Ohio (or up for graduation in May 2022)

Admission Process

Please visit the following pages for information on the admission process:

For Spring 2022 Kent State ECED Block 5 Students up for May 2022 graduation

For ECED P-3 State of Ohio license holders (must be current) wanting to take the endorsement at the Post-Undergraduate (40000) level

For ECED P-3 State of Ohio license holders (must be current) wanting to take the endorsement at the Graduate (50000) level